When my dad called all his children to his room, I was a little bit perturbed. Why? Because I hadn’t finished reading the book he gave me. Once in a while the old man will give his children books to read. When you are done reading, he will ask you questions on what you have read. I thought it was going to be a similar experience. I have been playing FIFA 11 with my younger brothers and a friend all day.
We went to his room, made ourselves comfortable and that was when I started making up all the excuses I was going to give should he ask about the book. My mom was seated on his left. I have three other siblings now (the eldest went into Abraham’s bosom some years ago. May he R.I.P)
My dad started off his speech by holding up a ₵20 note. He asked: “Who would like this ₵20 note. This is a real Kufuor dollar?”
Hands started going up. He said: “I am going to give this ₵20 to one of you but first, let me do this.”
He proceeded to crumple the cedi note up. He then asked: “Who still wants it?”
Still the hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?”
He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.
“Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My children, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth ₵20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless but no matter what have happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. To those who love you, you are priceless.
The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know but by who we are. You are somebody. You really are. Do not let anyone make you think otherwise. Yes…. there are times you will feel depressed, repressed and oppressed but stay true to yourself. See yourself as that “Kufuor dollar” that was handled badly by my dad yet all his children craved for it.
It was a turning point in my life. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give up. Press on because victory is assured!